French Muslims: New Voices in Contemporary France

Posted on 11 April 2011

French Muslims

The debate concerning Muslims and the contemporary world has attracted the attentions of many commentators. French Muslims by Dr Sharif Gemie, a new release published by the University of Wales Press, is an analysis of Muslim opinions and experiences in France, which has the largest Muslim population in Europe.

A detailed and well-documented book, it does not rely on cliché and stereotypes but instead is the first work to consider in detail the voices of those who claim to speak for the Muslim community.

The book concentrates on four specific thinkers and activists, Chahdortt Djavann, Fadela Amara, Tariq Ramadan and Houria Bouteldja, each from a Muslim background, who put forward competing claims to represent their generation. They present contrasting attitudes to issues such as the veil, integration, the role of the school, the status of women, the traditions of the French republic and the legacy of the French Empire.

Written in an accessible style, French Muslims is an ideal text for those with an interest in French and Cultural Studies, but will also appeal to a wider audience given the current widespread interest in such topics.


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French Muslims: New Voices in Contemporary France by Dr Sharif Gemie

£24.99 | PB| 9780708323205 | 192 pages | 216x138 mm

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